The Mooring Tree

by Gertrude Robinson

Wonderful Jamestown Settlement Historical Fiction

5.0 rating
August 22, 2020

We loved this historical fiction! It is a perfect companion to history studies of the New World and early colonization. The story was engaging and very insightful to the time period. Some of the language was a little hard to follow in the first few chapters of the book, as it included a lot of nautical terms. Some of which, I was even unsure about. I had to stop and explain to my children what was going on a few times at the start of the book. It seemed a little more difficult than a Level 7 for that reason. There was also a small handful of other words with older meanings, which took further reading or dictionaries to help us figure out what it was talking about. But this is definitely a book we love having in our library, and it will be one that we enjoy re-reading.

Lezlie-Anne I


5.0 rating
July 3, 2020

This is a must-read historical fiction novel. It follows Jason from getting on the ship to arriving in Jamestown. We see how Jason builds a life in the New World with his hard work, honesty, integrity, fairness, and kindness to all. I loved this book.

Linda L

Great Introduction to Jamestown

5.0 rating
June 11, 2020

I love historical fiction, and this novel did not disappoint. Beginning the narrative in England in 1609 where several ships set sail for Jamestown, the author gives us some insight into the hardship of the voyage, the real dangers and difficulties of starting a new colony, the colonists’ friendly or small-minded interactions with the Native Americans, and the basic workings of the community. The main character, Jason, is a great role model for anyone. He’s honest, hard-working, brave, and has such a good heart and moral compass. My only complaint about the book is that I wanted more about his father. I highly recommend the book and can’t wait until my children are old enough to read it too!

Becky P.

Great book!

5.0 rating
April 16, 2020

We’ve studied a lot about the settlement of Plymouth Rock, but don’t know as much about the settlement of Jamestown. I previewed this book on my own, reading it through in a single sitting, and I’m so excited to use it with my kids in our studies next year. This book is well written and engaging with great character development.

Danielle B
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Level 7

Silas Ware and his son, Jason, had planned to sail to the New World together to claim the land granted to them in the Jamestown settlement. But when his father is wrongfully imprisoned, young Jason must embark upon the long and lonely journey without him. Upon arrival, the settlers are shocked to find Jamestown mysteriously deserted! While the others lose all hope, Jason remains steadfast. With help from some new friends, Jason is determined to build the life that he and his father dreamed of, hopeful that they will one day be reunited.

155 pages

This book is a suggested read-aloud for the History Year 2 course and is included in the optional History 2 Book Pack.

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